|String Theory -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Physicists are constantly searching for 'elegant' theories that describe the universe. One such theory, string theory, has the potential to unify the disparate theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. We discussed this theory with Prof. Brian Greene of Columbia University.
Keywords: Science; physics; string theory
Downloads: 14,432 (2 reviews)
|Dark Matter and Energy -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Dark matter and dark energy comprise most of the known universe. But, what are the constituents of dark matter and energy? On this program, Dr. Dan Hooper from Fermilab discussed the dark cosmos.
Keywords: science; dark matter; physics
Downloads: 10,487 (1 review)
|Twister Theory -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While superstring theory dominates the landscape of unified field theories, alternative theories exist, such as twister theory. On this program, Sir Roger Penrose discussed the structure of the universe and quantum consciousness.
|Einstein and his miraculous year -- Groks Science Show 2005-11-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
In the year 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers that changed the face of modern physics and led to two Nobel Prizes, including one for Einstein himself. On this program, Prof. John Stachel discussed Einstein and the importance of each of these papers.
Keywords: Science; physics; relativity; Einstein
Downloads: 9,176 (2 reviews)
|The Great Failure of Wikipedia - Jason Scott|
"The Great Failure of Wikipedia": Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 8, 2006. Covers the universally-editable encyclopedia-like site Wikipedia, architectural and procedural choices by co-founder Jimbo Wales and the often-unintended consequences of these choices and philosophy. Includes short overviews of the Brian Peppers Debacle, the Ashida Kim Controversy, and the fallacy of "Notability" and "Neutral Point of View" as implemented in Wikipedia as it ...
Keywords: Wikipedia; Jason Scott; Notacon
Downloads: 9,131 (10 reviews)
|Moral Brains -- Groks Science Show 2007-04-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Morality often is considered a largely sociological issue. However, recent advances in neurobiology are demonstrating that human brains are wired for morality. On this program, Prof. Marc Hauser from Harvard University discussed the biology of morality.
Keywords: science; morality; biology
|The Computing Revolution -- Groks Science Show 2005-01-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The personal computing revolution is a relatively recent historical event, but one that is already open to historical interpretation. On this program, Andy Hertzfeld discussed his insider's look at the creation of the Macintosh, as portrayed in his book, Revolution in the Valley.
|Low Energy Space Flight -- Groks Science Show 2007-08-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Space travel has typically relied on conventional high energy routes, known as Hohmann Transfers, to transfer their payloads. However, low energy routes do exist, and are currently being explored. On this program, Dr. Ed Belbruno from NASA discussed low energy space flight.
Keywords: science; NASA; space flight; Hohmann; low energy
Downloads: 8,319 (1 review)
|Value Economics -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Economic models typically consider market activities as solely determined by monetary motives, but a true examination of economic forces must consider human values as drivers of market decisions. On this program, Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen discussed inequalities in the marketplace.
|Global Warnings -- Groks Science Show 2005-12-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Global warming is a larger threat than terrorism. So says this week's guest Sir David King, science advisor to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. On this program, he discussed the indicators of this worldwide threat and counters the skeptics of climate change.
Keywords: science; global warming
Downloads: 7,708 (2 reviews)
|Darwin and Religion -- Groks Science Show 2007-09-19 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin has served as the basis for modern biological research. But, is evolution at odds with religious beliefs? On this program, Prof. Francisco Ayala from U.C. Irvine discussed Darwin and Religion.
Keywords: science; darwin; religion; evolution
Downloads: 7,636 (1 review)
|Carbon Taxes -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is the appropriate market mechanism for moving away from a fossil fuel economy? On this program, Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute discussed how carbon taxes could better represent the true cost of energy.
Keywords: science; sustainability; environment; carbon tax
|Insect Songs -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Crickets, cicadas, and katydids are the noise makers among the insects. But, how are their sounds distinguished from one another? On this program, Lang Elliot discussed the songs of insects.
Keywords: science; insects
|Evolution versus ID -- Groks Science Show 2007-07-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Evolution continues to be a contentious idea in modern society, especially in the United States, where it has spurred numerous legal battles over the right to teach the competing concept of Intelligent Design in public schools. On this program, Matthew Chapman discussed evolution vs. intelligent design in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education case.
Keywords: science; evolution; intelligent design; kitzmiller; dover
|Starstruck Science -- Groks Science Show 2007-07-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Continued developments in space exploration hold the promise for advancing human knowledge about the universe. But, how can humans reconcile these findings with their past beliefs. On this program, Prof. Albert Harrison discussed science, religion, and folklore in space exploration.
Keywords: science; religion; folklore; starstruck
|Prehistoric Females -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Archaeological findings have generally focussed on the prehistoric activities of males, while neglecting those of females. However, recent archaeological findings are challenging this framework. On this program, Jake Page discussed these new archaeological findings.
Keywords: science; archaeology
|Mona Lisa Math -- Groks Science Show 2006-06-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Art and science are inexorably intertwined, with advances in one often inspiring advances in the other. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Leonardo da Vinci. On this program, Prof. Bulent Atalay discussed math and the Mona Lisa.
Keywords: science; math; art; mona lisa
Downloads: 7,252 (4 reviews)
|Light Speed Travel -- Groks Science Show 2006-04-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Traveling near the speed of light may soon be possible thanks to recent theoretical advances. On this program, Dr. Franklin Felber discussed the physics of near light-speed travel.
Keywords: science; speed of light; physics
Downloads: 7,192 (1 review)
|Roswell Investigations -- Groks Science Show 2007-07-04 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While the incident that occurred in Roswell, NM is nearly 60 years old, theories and speculation remain as to what occurred. On this program, Donald Schmitt discussed investigations into the Roswell incident. Special note: this is the "Independence Day" episode. If you don't get the joke, search the IMDB.
Keywords: science; roswell; UFO
|Rubik Cube -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Mathematical puzzles usually are not associated with entertainment. However, the Rubik Cube continues to amaze, confound, and entertain. On this program, Tyson Mao discussed solving the Rubik Cube.
Keywords: science; rubik cube
|Richter Scale -- Groks Science Show 2007-06-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Richter Scale is well known to anyone who has experienced an earthquake. But, many are unaware of the man who invented the scale. On this program, Dr. Susan Hough discussed the life and science of Dr. Charles Richter.
Keywords: science; Richter; earthquakes; biography
|Computer Malware -- Groks Science Show 2008-02-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
As computers have become increasingly ubiquitous, so too has computer malware. How can we protect our computers from this onslaught of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses? On this program, David Perry discussed effective solutions to combat computer malware.
Keywords: science; computers; malware
Downloads: 6,994 (3 reviews)
|Laser Development -- Groks Science Show 2004-11-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Lasers have multiple applications, from simple pointing devices to guiding missiles. On this program, Nobel Laureate Prof. Charles Townes discussed the development of the laser.
|Preventing Disease -- Groks Science Show 2007-06-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The occurrence of preventable disease in the United States can be lowered by simple lifestyle changes. On this program, Dr. Raymond Francis discussed the project to end disease.
Keywords: science; disease; prevention
|Musical Brain -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Music has powerful emotive and expressive qualities that transcend its description as a purely physical phenomenon. This is of course due to how the brain processes musical information. On this program, Prof. Daniel Levitin discussed the musical brain.
Keywords: science; music; neurobiology
Downloads: 6,773 (1 review)
|Space Age History -- Groks Science Show 2007-06-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, human space endeavors have rapidly evolved. On this program, Dr. Martin Collins discussed the history of the space age.
Keywords: science; space; history
|A Beautiful Mind -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The life and times of mathematician John F. Nash Jr. have garnered a great deal of attention since the release of the popular movie, A Beautiful Mind, chronicled events in his life. This show featured an interview with Sylvia Nassar, the author of Nash's biography, who discussed Nash's struggles with math, schizophrenia, and the Nobel Prize.
Downloads: 6,676 (3 reviews)
|Nitric Oxide Disease -- Groks Science Show 2008-08-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Nitric oxide is a ubiquitous molecule in the body that is involved in several important physiological processes. However, diseases may arise when the regulation of nitric oxide is disrupted. On this program, Prof. Martin Pall from Washington State University discussed the role of nitric oxide in disease.
Keywords: science; nitric oxide
|New Year Fitness -- Groks Science Show 2005-01-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
New year's resolutions will come and go, but with the right motivation they can be fully realized. On this program, former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, George Foreman, discussed how to meet fitness goals.
|Optical Telescopes -- Groks Science Show 2007-08-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The invention of the telescope 400 years ago opened a window to the universe that continues to amaze. On this program, Dr. Geoff Andersen discussed the history and invention of the telescope.
Keywords: science; telescope; astronomy
|Everyday Equations -- Groks Science Show 2007-02-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Do I have a chance with them? Should I drink the milk at the back of the refrigerator? Solving everyday problems like these can be especially problematic without the proper tools. Luckily, math can provide the answer. On this program, Garth Sundem discussed mathematical solutions to everyday problems.
Keywords: science; mathematics; everyday
|Testosterone Factor -- Groks Science Show 2006-05-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
One little hormone can make a big difference in the life of men, especially when those levels start to drop. On this program, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri joined us to discuss the testosterone factor.
Keywords: science; men's health; testosterone
|Ten Planets -- Groks Science Show 2006-08-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The recent debate over what defines a planet has been partially motivated by the discovery of a candidate tenth planet. On this program, Dr. Ken Croswell explained the rationale behind the ten planets.
Keywords: science; astronomy; tenth planet
Downloads: 6,537 (1 review)
|Astrobiology -- Groks Science Show 2005-02-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Recent discoveries from the Mars and Titan landings have rekindled interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. On this program, Prof. David Grinspoon discussed these findings, astrobiology, and his book, Lonely Planets.
|Heart Depression -- Groks Science Show 2007-09-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Heart disease and depression seem like unrelated ailments. However, new research is finding that the occurrence of one can result in the manifestation of the other. On this program, Dr. Lawson Wulsin discussed the link between heart disease and depression.
Keywords: science; heart disease; depression
|Cancer Therapy -- Groks Science Show 2007-07-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Cancer is a disease that strikes fear by its mere mention. But, rapid advances in medical science are developing new treatments. On this program, Prof. David Nathan from Harvard MGH discussed new cancer therapies.
Keywords: science; cancer; therapy
|Wikinomics -- Groks Science Show 2007-09-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Collaboration in business is important for the development of ideas and products. Technological innovations are facillitating this process. On this program, Don Tapscott discussed Wikinomics, how mass collaboration is changing business.
Keywords: science; wikinomics; economics; collaboration
|Open Source -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Constitution guarantees five fundamental freedoms, but a free culture requires openness amongst its citizens. On this program, Mitch Kapor discussed the Open Source movement as it pertains to software and other aspects of technology and life.
Keywords: science; open source
|The Big Bang -- Groks Science Show 2005-04-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How did the univere begin? How will it end? The answers to these questions have remained elusive, but for the first time in human history, there is hope that these mysteries of the universe can be uncovered. Noted author and particle physicist Dr. Simon Singh discusses these ageless questions.
|Exploring the Deep Sea Abyss -- Groks Science Show 2005-08-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Deep sea exploration was pioneered by two men, William Beebe and Otis Barton. The remarkable story of their journey into the abyss was discussed on this program with Brad Matsen.
|Politics of Global Warming -- Groks Science Show 2005-02-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Global warming is a scientific issue that is particularly sensitive to the political climate. On this program, Prof. Patrick J. Michaels from the University of Virginia discussed the politics of global warming.
|Haphazard Minds -- Groks Science Show 2008-07-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The human brain is capable of remarkable tasks. But surprisingly, it is not optimally designed for solving most problems. On this program, Prof. Gary Marcus discussed how the brain is like a kluge.
Keywords: science; kluge; evolution; neuroscience
|Energy Efficiency -- Groks Science Show 2007-08-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How does the US stack up to others in energy efficiency? Arthur Rosenfeld joined us again to discuss some of the encouraging lessons in energy development around the world.
Keywords: science; global warming; energy
|Consciousness Theory -- Groks Science Show 2004-09-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The neural mechanisms responsible for generating conscious states are slowly being revealed through scientific inquiry. On this program, Prof. Gerald Edelman joined us to discuss the scientific exploration of consciousness.
|Holistic Birding -- Groks Science Show 2008-07-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Observing birds in nature is a rapidly growing past time for many birding enthusiasts, which is especially rewarding when combined with a holistic approach. On this program, Ted Floyd discussed holistic birding.
Keywords: science; birding; ethology
|General Ignorance -- Groks Science Show 2007-10-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
There are some facts that are common knowledge, but these frequently turn out to be completely wrong. When does common knowledge become general ignorance? On this program, John Lloyd and John Mitchinson from the BBC program, QI, will discuss the book of general ignorance.
Keywords: science; common knowledge; ignorance
|Ambiguous Math -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Mathematics may appear to be constructed on absolute foundations derived from first principles. But, are mathematical tenets as absolute as they seem? On this program, Gaurav Suri discussed the philosophical implications of ambiguity in math.
Keywords: science; math; ambiguity
|Wildlife Conservation -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Preserving wildlife populations that are displaced or actively diminished by human activity remains essential for maintaining biodiversity. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa, where many wildlife species are being driven to extinction by human activity. On this program, Paul Raffaele discussed wildlife preservation in Africa.
Keywords: science; conservation; wildlife
|Reading Brain -- Groks Science Show 2008-01-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Written language has evolved as a unique human trait for communicating ideas. But, how have human brains evolved to read and write? On this program, Prof. Maryanne Wolf discussed the evolution and development of the reading brain.
Keywords: science; reading; neuroscience
|Seismographic Monitoring -- Groks Science Show 2005-02-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While nothing can undo the devastation caused by the recent tsunami disaster in southeast asia, improvements in global monitoring of seismic activity may lessen the effects of future events. On this program, Prof. Jeffrey Park discussed seismographic monitoring.